Wicked: the synopsis
At the Ozdust Ball, Glinda finds out that Elphaba has convinced Madam Morrible to let her When they meet the Wizard, hidden behind a big mechanical head. After Dr Dillamond is arrested, Elphaba and Fiyero have saved the cub from the new teacher. ELPHABA. Careful-- . Elphaba and Glinda visit The Wizard of Oz to tell him about the animals' plight. HEAD I'm so happy to meet you. WlZARD. It is at Shiz University that Elphaba meets Glinda, who was called Galinda at the time ("Dear Old Shiz"). Galinda takes an immediate dislike to Elphaba, based on .
It is revealed that Nanny closed and locked the door of the tower room Elphaba died in, disallowing anyone to go in. Rain repeatedly asks her what she saw and she refuses to say.
However, it may be that Elphaba's return is actually Rain herself, since once the spell disguising her green skin is removed she looks exactly like Elphaba. Elphaba in the musical[ edit ] For the musical Wicked, Elphaba was written to be less cynical, more likable, and far more sympathetic than the novel counterpart. Her only abnormality is her green skin. In the book, Elphaba virtually goes insane, and genuinely becomes "wicked", though understandably so.
In the musical, Elphaba is framed by the Wizard and Madame Morrible for crimes she "committed" on the Wizard's orders, and because she refused to turn her powerful magic to the wizard's sickening cause. Therefore, the public turns against her. She never truly turns wicked though she is depressed and frustrated that she could not save Fiyero. Liir, Sarima and her children are not present in the musical, and a love triangle with Fiyero and Glinda exists instead of the posthumous one after Fiyero's death with Sarima.
The young Elphaba shows interest in sorcery from the beginning of her education, as opposed to having it thrust upon her as in the book. Elphaba is explicitly shown to survive at the end, and goes to live a life beyond Oz with Fiyero, where in the book her impending resurrection is only hinted. Elphaba is also the creator of the Tin Woodman through a spell to save Boq, who had had his heart shrunken to apparent non-existence by Nessarosethe Scarecrow through a spell with which she attempts to save Fiyero from being tortured to death on her account and the Cowardly Lion the Lion Cub she rescued from the class after Doctor Dillamond's removal ; in the book the former is a result of an axe bewitched by Nessarose, and the latter's existence has nothing to do with Fiyero, other than her slight suspicion that he might indeed be her love coming back to find her, which just proves to be a paranoid delusion.
Elphaba also has a less significant vendetta with Madame Morrible in the musical than in the book: In the novel, Elphaba relentlessly attempts to kill Morrible, but in the musical, Elphaba has virtually nothing to do with her after the conclusion of the first act, being more focused on the Wizard.
Her relationship with Glinda called "Galinda" until she renames herself in the latter part of the first act claiming it to be in honor of Doctor Dillamond, in fact it is an attempt to get Fiyero to notice her again is a central feature of the musical.
As in the novel, the two initially despise each other, but eventually develop a strong friendship. For a while, Elphaba goes along with Glinda's attempts to make her popular, but her rebellious and revolutionary nature ultimately forces her to reject both social and political popularity in favor of doing what she knows to be right in fighting to save the Animals. Just prior to Elphaba's supposed melting, the two confess that each has been changed by their friendship.
In addition, Elphaba admits that Glinda was the only friend she ever had, and Glinda replies that Elphaba was the only friend she has ever had who really mattered. Elphaba demonstrates a natural talent in the field of sorcery early in the musical, and is selected by Madame Morrible to be tutored personally.
She progresses quickly, and is eventually called before the Wizard of Oz himself, with a view to becoming his "magic Grand Vizier ". However, she learns that the Wizard is in fact a powerless fraud after he tricks her into creating the flying monkeys which he plans to use as spies.
Elphaba steals the Grimmerie from him and sets herself up as a rebel.
In retaliation, the Wizard has Madame Morrible spread the rumor that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch", to turn the public against her. She becomes the subject of national hatred thereafter, and her attempts to convince the people as to the Wizard's corrupt rule are regarded as slander. Fiyero seems not to notice, focusing his attention instead on Elphaba, and Elphaba, feeling bad for Glindainvites her along to see the Wizard.
Eschewing the special effects that he employs for the benefit of most visitors, he invites Elphaba to join him. As a test, he asks that Elphaba give his monkey servant, Chisterythe ability to fly using the Grimmeriean ancient book of spells. Elphaba demonstrates an innate understanding of the lost language, and successfully gives Chistery wings. Showing her how powerful she really is, the Wizard reveals a cage full of winged monkeys, and remarks that they will make good spies to report any subversive Animal activity.
Realizing that she has been used and that the Wizard has no power of his own, Elphaba runs away with the Grimmerie, pursued by the palace guards.
Elphaba and Glinda run into the tallest tower, where they hear Madame Morrible declaring to all of Oz that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch" and is to be distrusted.
Elphaba enchants a broomstick to fly and tries to convince Glinda to join her in her cause, but Glinda cannot resist the call of popularity and refuses. Glinda regrets her decision Thank Goodness Elphaba arrives at the governor's residence in Munchkinland seeking refuge; Nessarosenow the governess, criticizes Elphaba for not using her new-found powers to help her sister.
Guilty, Elphaba enchants Nessarose's jeweled shoes, enabling her to walk. BoqNessarose's servant, is summoned and reveals that his affection for Nessarose was put on and his heart lies with Glinda. Furious, Nessarose miscasts a spell from the Grimmerieaccidentally causing Boq's heart to shrink.
While Elphaba attempts to save him, Nessarose reflects on how her obsession with Boq has led her to oppress the Munchkins. Elphaba saves Boq by turning him into the Tin Woodman; horrified, Nessarose lays the blame with Elphaba.
Wicked Witch of the East Elphaba with the Wizard Elphaba returns to the Wizard's palace in order to free the rest of the winged monkeys. The Wizard attempts to regain her favor by agreeing to set them free.
Wonderful Upon discovering a now-speechless Doctor Dillamond among the monkeys, Elphaba rejects his offer and attempts to escape, but runs into Fiyero.
Confirming his true love for Elphaba, he runs off with her. They both agree a rumor is not enough, and once Glinda is gone, Madame Morrible decides a "change in the weather" would suffice. They are interrupted when Elphaba hears strange noises and sees houses flying through the air. Nessarose, who has a crush on Boq, is delighted and tells her sister how Galinda made it happen.
When Galinda gives an ugly hat to Elphaba to wear at the party, Elphaba takes it as an act of kindness. At the party that evening, Boq tries to tell Nessarose the real reason he invited her, but is too nice to hurt her feelings "Dancing Through Life". She continues to fall for him. Madame Morrible arrives to tell Galinda she can join her sorcery class, at Elphaba's obliging request. Elphaba arrives wearing the witch's hat, only to find the other students laughing and staring while she awkwardly dances alone.
Galinda feels regretful and goes to dance with Elphaba. Soon, everyone joins them, and the two girls look at each other in a new light. Back in their room, they continue to bond.
Galinda decides to give Elphaba a makeover "Popular". When Elphaba arrives at class the next day, Fiyero sees Galinda's influence and tells Elphaba that she does not need to change. Dillamond enters to tell the class that he has been excommunicated. Elphaba wants to help, but no one will stand up with her.
Afterward, the students are introduced to the cage, which will keep animals controlled, so they never learn to speak. The cage being shown contains a small lion cub.
Elphaba's fury cannot be contained, and in the ensuing chaos, her and Fiyero steal the lion cub in the cage and escape. Fiyero is disillusioned about what transpired, but is taken by Elphaba's passion. She begins to fall in love with him and they share a tender moment before he leaves to free the lion cub.
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Elphaba reminds herself that it is pointless to wish for something to happen between them "I'm Not that Girl".
Madame Morrible comes to tell her that the Wizard has decided to meet her. Nessarose and Galinda come to see her off, and Fiyero meets her, too. Galinda tries to win Fiyero's respect by changing her name to "Glinda", in solidarity with Dr. Dillamond's plight, who always mispronounced her name, but Fiyero is not impressed, saying goodbye to Elphaba, instead. The girls meet the Wizard of Oz, who turns out to be not quite as intimidating as they thought "A Sentimental Man". He promises Elphaba that he will grant her request if she proves herself.
Madame Morrible appears; she is the Wizard's new "press secretary". She gives Elphaba an ancient book of spells, called the Grimmeriewhich only the magically gifted can read. Elphaba is asked to try a levitation spell on the Wizard's monkey servant, Chistery. However, the spell does not go the way Elphaba plans when Chistery sprouts wings, and she realizes that the Wizard is the one behind the suppression of the Animals.
Elphaba realizes the Wizard has no powers; he is merely a fraud. He offers Glinda and her everything they have ever wanted if they will help him, but Elphaba is unwilling to comply. She runs away, and to prevent the truth from getting out, Madame Morrible spreads reports that Elphaba is a "wicked witch".
This only reaffirms Elphaba's belief that she must not let anyone hold her down.
She performs a spell on a broom and flies away from the Emerald City, never to return "Defying Gravity". Glinda has become the positive public front of the Wizard's regime, given the title " Glinda the Good " and positioned by Morrible as the nation's defender against the Witch "No One Mourns The Wicked Reprise ".
A press conference to celebrate Fiyero's appointment as captain of the guard a position he has accepted to find Elphaba is hijacked by the crowd's panicked rumors about the Witch, including a story that she will be melted by water. Fiyero is incredulous and not convinced by Glinda's insistence that Elphaba does not want to be found. He is further angered when Morrible announces his engagement to Glinda and runs off.
Glinda attempts to keep a cheerful front for the press, but clearly, she realizes her dream life has come at a great price "Thank Goodness".